Thousands expected at Hollywood immigration rally

by The Associated Press
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LOS ANGELES (AP) – Thousands of immigrants and supporters are expected to march through Hollywood on Saturday as part of an effort taking place across the nation pushing for immigration reform.

The event called “March of the Stars” will last several hours and is just one of more than 150 that are part of what organizers are billing as a “National Day for Dignity and Respect.” The mobilization is a prelude to a rally and free concert Tuesday on the National Mall in Washington.

Immigration has been a rare area of bipartisan cooperation and confidence was boosted earlier in the year on a sweeping overhaul of the system and a path to citizenship for millions. But the crisis over Syria, and now the partial government shutdown, has diverted the attention of legislators.

The chances a bill makes its way through Congress before the year ends are slim. But immigration advocates want to make sure reform stays front and center despite other pressing issues for lawmakers.

The Alliance for Citizenship, a broad coalition of organizations that includes the AFL-CIO, the ACLU and the Southern Poverty Law Center, is driving the mobilization.

Twenty cities in California also are taking part in the event, including San Diego, San Francisco and San Jose.

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